May 30 2012 By Tristan Stewart-Robertson
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A CITY primary school has taken the prize for the best picture in a competition to mark the 90th anniversary of the Scottish Poppy Appeal.
St Brigid’s Primary, in Toryglen, won the public vote with their short film James Stokes – A Gorbals Hero.
Sinathi Maphalala, Caoimhe Garigan, Tony Buchanan, Shaeley McNally and Connor Mallon – pictured above – were on the winning team.
Principal teacher Dr Andrew Killen said: “When we announced to the children they had won they cheered with delight.
“The children chose the theme of heroes and there was knowledge in the school of James Stokes and the link was an obvious one for a film about the poppy.”
Among the three runners-up were the city’s All Saints Secondary with For Our Tomorrow and Knightswood Primary’s Ninety Years of the Poppy – Then and Now.
All the schools spent a day with a professional film-making team to turn their scripts and storyboards or films into finished shorts for the public vote online.
Poppyscotland chief executive Ian McGregor said: “The film competition was introduced in order to provide a new way for school pupils to learn about Poppyscotland’s work.
“It is vital that new generations of Scots are aware.”